Meg’s high-heeled slippers were dreadfully tight, and hurt her, though she would not own it; and Jo’s nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die.
The moon has the sun and the sun has the moon,
A knife has a fork and a fork has a spoon.
The grass has the trees and the trees have the grass,
Yet here I stand, alone on this path.
The waves have the sea and the sea has the sand,
A rose has a thorn and a palm has a hand.
An apple has a pie, a pecan a tart,
Yet here i stand, alone with no heart.
The wind has a whistle and a bird has a tweet,
An eye has an eye and the cold has the heat.
Silver has gold and a coin has a toss,
Yet here I stand, no soul, forever lost.
Eisen Bernardo is a Filipino graphic artist. A development communicator by profession, he works as a multimedia producer and writer at the Communication and Public Affairs unit of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. He has laid out publications and produced audiovisual materials for the local and international research organizations based in the Philippines.